Officials called to explain the failure to document the transfer of the virus to the Wuhan Institute

The Commons Commission should explain to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the National Institute of Microbiology (NML) why it did not provide an unedited document on the transfer of the deadly virus to the Wuhan Institute of Veterinary Medicine in China. I’m looking for it. Deadline for submitting documents.

Canada and China Relations Committee (CACN) unanimously I agreed On Monday, PHAC President Ian Stewart and NML Acting Vice President Guillaume Polykin appeared before the Commission on May 10 to provide unedited documents on the transfer of Ebola and henipavirus to Chinese military affairs. Explain why you didn’t. Wuhan Virology Institute (WIV) before the deadline.

The decision was made in accordance with the motion passed by the Commission. March 31 If the PHAC “does not provide the document in an unedited format within 20 days,” the two will testify to members of the committee why.

July 2019Xiangguo Qiu, a Chinese scientist responsible for shipping the virus, was accompanied by NML police along with her husband Keding Cheng and a Chinese student. Qiu and Cheng have been stripped of security clearance.

Based in Winnipeg, NML is Canada’s safest place. Level 4 lab It It works with some of the most deadly human and animal pathogens, such as Ebola.

PHAC Said Their removal is due to possible “policy violations” and administrative reasons. It was investigated by RCMP in Manitoba. Agencies also have their eviction nothing It has to do with shipping the virus to WIV.

In February, a PHAC spokesman confirmed that the two were no longer employed by PHAC on January 20, but did not elaborate further.

“For confidentiality reasons, we cannot disclose additional information or comment further,” wrote Eric Morrissette, Head of Media Relations at Health Canada and PHAC, in an email to the CBC.

However, due to non-disclosure by the PHAC, CACN summoned Stewart and Polykin to testify on March 22.

Stewart despite being burned by opposition lawmakers Refused To provide details on the PHAC survey and why the two scientists were removed from the NML.

Similarly, the reaction of polykin Conservative MP John Williamson remained confused by the NML’s agreement to move the virus to China at the request of the WIV.

“You have been asked by a country with a history of theft and lies, which is what the law of this country says, so when our national security agency generally warns academia, this I accept that is enough. You need to be very careful. That’s a noteworthy testimony, “Williamson said. Said..

Conservative MP Garnet Genuis Said The Epoch Times on April 22 was for PHAC not to answer the question, so the Commission passed a motion on March 31 to submit all information and documents related to the shipment of the virus to the Wuhan Institute. Gave 20 days to.

“It’s not just about these ongoing questions, but how much government agencies are aware of the risks of engaging with agencies that may be under China’s state control,” Genuis said.

“This episode has many questions that raise questions about the general approach taken to national security in the context of important research institutes, and as a member of parliament, at least because I am committed to opposition, I Are committed to reaching the root of this. ”

With a report from Andrew Chen.